The Amelia Bloomer Project, named after a pioneering feminist, suffragist, and newspaper reporter, annually publishes a list of great feminist books for young readers. Check out these books for fiction and nonfiction about strong girls and interesting women to expand your knowledge and to be inspired! The list also includes books for younger readers, if you know someone you'd like to share with!
Recently the American Library Association announced many of their book awards. My favorite lists to look at are always the Alex Awards, which are for adult books that teens will like, and the Rainbow Project List, which celebrates GLBT books for kids and teens birth to 18. If you're looking for your next great read, these are 2 good places to start!
2013 Alex Awards List:
Caring is Creepy by David Zimmerman
Looking for that next mystery to read? The Edgar Awards recently announced their 2013 nominees. The Edgars (named after Edgar Allan Poe, of course!) celebrate mystery in many forms--fiction, nonfiction, and television. Here are the nominees in the Young Adult category:
Emily's Dress and Other Missing Things, Kathryn Burak
The Edge of Nowhere, Elizabeth George
Book awards season has begun! You'll be hearing a lot about "best of" books over the next month, and here is a list to start you off! The Cybils have been around for 6 years now, and they are children's and young adult literary awards given by book bloggers! Check out some of the teen finalists:
Fantasy & Science Fiction:
And All the Stars, Andrea Host
You've heard this piece of advice, right?
"Write what you know!"
Did you know that you can blog on Evolver? It's easy! All you need to do is sign up for an account, then login to the site and you're ready to go. It's a great opportunity to share your knowledge, interests and opinions, and you can interact with other teens through the comments. Share a story about your life, how you learned something new, a really great website that you can't get enough of...anything, really!
We all have favorite authors we like to return to again and again, and we eagerly await their new books. But how do you find NEW authors? Lots of folks find out about new books and authors by hearing recommendations from friends (and hopefully librarians!). Another way is to look at awards lists. The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) gives out the Morris Award every year to YA book by a previously unpublished author. These are the authors that you want to keep an eye on!
Do you know about the Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award? It is nominated AND voted on by TEENS ONLY! That means the award really reflects what YOU and your friends like to read! Voting for the 2013 award is happening through the end of the year. Look for ballots at your local branch library, and vote for YOUR favorite book! You can also vote online. This is also your opportunity to nominate books for the 2014 award!
I like pencils, especially colored pencils, and have always wondered just how does the color gets inside the pencil? My curiosity led me to Henry Petroski, an engineer who also likes pencils. His book, The Pencil, answered every question I had about the pencil's design and history. Even though the book was published over 20 years ago and technology changes, pencils are still selling. But wait!
As the year begins to draw to a close and the holiday season swings into full gear, children's librarians from around the Denver Public Library system are putting together lists of their very favorite books for teens, published in 2012. These books are sure to dazzle and delight, educate and engage, and make for happy readers throughout the year.
Books for Middle School: